Hampshire Cricket History

Even more exhaustion
August 28, 2015, 9:31 am
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I assumed that Hampshire’s players were pleased to be at T20 Finals Day but I’m not so sure now. This is taken from today’s BBC website, attributed to Dale Benkenstein

“The last Finals Day I found a real shambles. You can’t leave your bags or any equipment in the changing rooms overnight. There’s all those little things that we know about now, which I think do end up taking quite a bit of energy from you …”

I’ve watched every Lord’s Final Hampshire have played in and a few they haven’t, plus loads of Quarter and Semi Finals as well as two T20 Finals live and all the others on TV. I suddenly and unexpectedly realised this week that I wasn’t greatly bothered (a) about deciding not to go to Bristol and (b) the result, while tomorrow I shall spend the day reliving ‘Woodstock’ on Southsea Common’s Victorious Festival rather than keeping up-to-date with Finals Day.

All this may be merely a temporary disenchantment, although it mirrors rather precisely my big ‘falling out’ with football 30 years ago.

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Is our Coach being serious !!

Comment by John Cottrell

Not sure John but it’s all here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/34045197

I think I may have a T Shirt printed, quoting my good friend AWH Rayment (198 matches for HCCC 1949-1958) from a previous Comment:

“A life enjoyed … to be thankful for – and loved!”

Comment by pompeypop

Put me down for xxl please

Comment by Paul

Oh dear, no wonder Hants are having such a poor season.
if the coach sees difficulties wherever he looks, even in the changing rooms, his attitude will transfer to the players.
And yes, where’s the enjoyment for these lucky young men?!
Let’s pray Benkenstein doesn’t get his hands on Joe Root.
What a load of b*******

Comment by Henry Thompson

Here’s another cracking story about an “exhausted” cricketer:


Comment by pompeypop

Surely it is time for Rod Bransgrove or Giles White or both to have a word with Benkenstein and telling him to stop making us look so bloody stupid.

Comment by James

The other worry is if these are his public utterances, what is he saying in the dressing room and when coaching the players?

Comment by Paul

The Brendan Taylor story really is a bit bizarre……….

Comment by Jo Summerton

The reports are very circumspect, no suggestion he may have celebrated too much.

Comment by Paul

Benkenstein’s comments in the Pompey News are more upbeat suggesting the players are excited by the T20 finals day.

Comment by Paul

Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear! Who is Benk’s boss? He should have a word with him and, maybe suggest that he goes on a PR course.
Secondly – come on Dave you cannot give up now!

Comment by Stephen Saunders

No you can’t Dave.

Comment by Paul

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